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  •  I am almost afraid to post this. . . (6+ / 0-)

    because you raise so many wonderful points, cotterperson. Really. If I don't satisfy your thoughts in this missive reply, feel free to contact me via my profile email address. I'm all ears given what you have to say. And I may have some answers for you. But let me clarify the point about the Hopis: their direct ancestors, whom they refer to as the "Hisatsinom" (and please don't ever ask a Hopi about the so-called "Anasazi" or the more apropos (i.e., culturally sensitive) Ancestral Puebloan. Anyway, the Scarlet Clan, which these tribal people preserve, more than likely were the main tenants of this site. I respect whatever the Hopis have to say about Chaco, because they likely know the full story the rest of us will never know. Chaco Canyon will therefore maintain its clandestine nature. And why not? Religion to these "peaceful people" is or can be ultra private, so let's respect that (and apparently you do). The second point I want to make about Chaco is that it was likely many things, but mostly a seasonal mecca of sorts. The zillions of precious artifacts that were once stored there suggests people brought gifts, many of them trade items from far south of the Colorado Plateau. So, conch shells, jewelry made from seashells and the like, and of course, parrot feathers. . .it all makes sense. Then you hit me on the head with the same idea I have always thought: rolling the lows. Those ponderosa trees came from nearly 100 mile away. It is easier to roll these heavy trees than carry them, regardless the number of people enabled to do the work. Bear in mind, also, Chaco Canyon's roads are ALWAYS STRAIGHT. That means, no road curves, but is only straight, and all roads lead into and out of Chaco. If the was forced to make a turn, then it was always at a 90 degree angle. So, as the Hopi phrase goes, DON'T WORRY. . .BE HOPI! and to me, in this case, I say don't worry about the mysteries the rest of us cannot figure out. They know. That's all that matters. The rest of the enigma is just, well, titillating. Thanks, again, for your wonderful and insightful commentary.  

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    by richholtzin on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:58:07 PM PST

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    •  Thanks for two great replies! (3+ / 0-)
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      KenBee, Aunt Pat, tardis10

      I'd forgotten "Anasazi" (the Navajo word for those who came before?) had been replaced with the more accurate and less-insulting Ancestral Puebloans. When I visited a store in Old Town Albuquerque with current Puebloan art, I did have a nice visit with the owner. He was remarkably intense about telling me we are all connected, and "connected" was even on the sign for his store. (I'd had had my sig-line from Kossack Winter Rabbit for some time by then ;)

      Your diary has given me quite a happy day!

      Thanks again.

      "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

      by cotterperson on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 02:41:18 PM PST

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